Heart Health

The latest heart health and cardiovascular news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

New Leadership for McAllister Heart Institute Announced

New Leadership for McAllister Heart Institute Announced

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has announced new leadership that will build on the successes of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute.

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UNC Structural Heart Program holds patient reunion

UNC Structural Heart Program holds patient reunion

In March, the UNC Structural Heart Program hosted a group of grateful patients and their families for its first ever patient reunion.

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Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

In February, three UNC interventional cardiologists and a team of dedicated health care professionals travelled to Nicaragua to perform a life-saving, minimally invasive procedure on as many patients as they could, and to bring the best in cardiac care to a country without heart surgeons.

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Cavender part of new diabetes drug study to combat cardiovascular disease

Cavender part of new diabetes drug study to combat cardiovascular disease

Diabetes is known as the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The connection is one that Matthew Cavender, MD, MPH, has closely considered, especially when it comes to a relatively new drug class for diabetes.

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UNC Division of Cardiology Shines at ACC.17

UNC Division of Cardiology Shines at ACC.17

More than 18,000 people, mostly cardiovascular health professionals, converged on Washington, D.C. for the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Showcase – ACC.17 – during which UNC researchers gave 36 presentations.

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Smith Recognized With American College of Cardiology Top Honor

Smith Recognized With American College of Cardiology Top Honor

Sidney C. Smith, Jr, MD, will be presented with the Master of the ACC Award at ACC’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

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UNC's Dr. Sidney Smith receives two major AHA awards

UNC's Dr. Sidney Smith receives two major AHA awards

This is the first time that the American Heart Association (AHA) has presented two major awards to one recipient.

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Following the ‘Tinman’

Following the ‘Tinman’

Inspired by a genetic discovery by her PhD mentor, UNC heart researcher Li Qian followed the ‘Tinman’ down the yellow brick road to an award-winning career in science, including the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine.

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UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

To address full cardiac arrest of hospital patients, new measures reduced the average time between symptom onset and the start of treatment by 72 percent.

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Challenging the status quo: Katz examines training, staffing and research in cardiac intensive care

Challenging the status quo: Katz examines training, staffing and research in cardiac intensive care

Jason Katz, MD, MHS, medical director of UNC’s cardiac intensive care unit, examines the challenges facing cardiac intensive care units and clinicians, and offers innovative recommendations for training, staffing and research for this emerging field.

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TAVR program continues growth, fosters integration

TAVR program continues growth, fosters integration

UNC Medical Center’s Structural Heart Team offers patients a chance at a more active life, promotes collaboration across the UNC Health Care system.

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UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

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SUDDEN investigators sign collaboration agreement with Cuban research group

The agreement resulted from a two-day scientific meeting held in February at the University of Havana's Center for Demographic Studies.

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Adding stress management to cardiac rehab cuts new heart incidents in half

Adding stress management to cardiac rehab cuts new heart incidents in half

UNC’s Alan Hinderliter, MD, teamed up with Duke doctors to quantify the benefit of stress management to heart health.

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UNC Hospitals’ care earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency for Five Service Lines

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina ranked UNC Hospitals’ bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee & hip replacement, spine surgery, maternity and complex & rare cancer service lines highly as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program

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‘I was in good hands’

‘I was in good hands’

Hillsborough hospital employee and Haw River resident Dennis Clayton has enjoyed working at the new medical facility since 2012 – and after suffering a recent heart attack while at home, he feels fortunate to live nearby.

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UNC enrolling patients in Momentum 3 Clinical Trial

UNC enrolling patients in Momentum 3 Clinical Trial

UNC is one of 60 medical centers nationwide chosen to participate in the MOMENTUM 3 Clinical Trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the Thoratec® HeartMate 3™ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). This multi-center study will compare the HeartMate 3 LVAD to the HeartMate II® LVAD in advanced stage heart failure patients.

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New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

UNC’s Center for Heart & Vascular Care has been offering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for less than a year. In that time, the team has built a national reputation for excellence, allowing UNC to be among the first phase of the rollout of a next generation TAVR device, Evolut-R, developed by Medtronic. This valve is the first repositionable transcatheter valve ever available.

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